Fight Camp 2019 has begun! Drop in on individual classes through August 3

All classes are at The Theatre Lab, 733 8th Street NW
Co-Sponsored by Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
Taught by company member Casey Kaleba,
Rorschach Theatre’s resident fight choreographer,
and company member Megan Reichelt

Saturdays: July 6 – August 3, 10am-1pm
$250 for all FIVE sessions / $60 per class for single “drop-in” rate

Sharpen those swords and spend some time learning stage combat in a way only Rorschach Theatre can deliver. Taught by Rorschach Theatre company members and resident ninjas* Casey Kaleba and Megan Reichelt, these classes are rooted in traditional stage combat technique but draw from a wide range of approaches and styles. The classes can be taken as a whole training program or as a series of drop-in classes. For performers and students with no experience, these classes will offer an excellent introduction to stage combat theory and practice. For those already familiar, it’s a chance to refresh skills and pick up some new tricks.

Summer Fight camp is for adults. If you are under 18 and would like to be considered, please contact


For questions, please email

SESSION 1: “Fast & Furious Fists…of Fury” 
Saturday July 6, 10am-1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Casey Kaleba

All the basics of stage fighting without weapons: body, audience, partnering and flow. This foundation class will cover a range of common techniques in the barroom brawl style, from slaps and head butts to jabs and straights, with focus on selling the technique effectively and expressing character through violence.

SESSION 2: “All the Single Bladies”
Saturday July 13, 10am-1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Megan Reichelt

For the first time at Rorschach’s Fight Camp, the venerable swashbuckler makes its appearance. We’ll look at the single sword and take it up to speed, exploring the full range of possibilities of the musketeer. The class will move quickly and cover some ground.

SESSION 3: “Carnage e Trois”
Saturday July 20, 10am-1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Casey Kaleba

We’ll look at knife fighting for stage, with an emphasis on safe technique and how to manipulate rhythm, but we’ll be doing it with three people fighting at the same time. We’ll start with basic technique and choreography patterns for more than one fighter, and then things get messy…

SESSION 4: “Dual Duel”
Saturday July 27, 10am-1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Casey Kaleba

This class explores cross-brain and bilateral movement – fighting with more than one weapon. We’ll look at how to root movement in your whole body, how to coordinate complex movements, and how to make use space and timing to better tell stories. A gladiatorial variation of last year’s spear vs sword & shield, this time with three times the swords.

SESSION 5: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Stab Them”
Saturday August 3, 10am-1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Megan Reichelt

The broadsword is the most universal sword technique, useful for highlanders, Amazons, farm boys on desert planets, and plenty of Rorschach shows. This class will cover the dynamic use of the sword for stage with a look at foundational technique and how to build big fights in small spaces.


Megan Reichelt and Casey Kaleba


Fight Camp 2014 / Photo: DJ Corey PhotographyCASEY KALEBA (Insructor and Curriculum Design) has arranged violence more than four hundred stage productions, including work at the Guthrie Theatre and Spoleto Festival. He has been with Rorschach since Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, and since then has staged fights with pirates, zombies, blindfolds, samurai, minotaurs, monkeys, and dragons. DC area credits include Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Forum Theatre, Theatre J, Studio Theatre and Constellation Theatre Company. Casey works as an audition choreographer for Marvel Universe Live and smashes bottles on the Youtube show Men At Arms: Reforged. He trained with physical artists from across the globe, is a certified instructor with the Society of American Fight Directors and has served as a guest artist in Sweden and Canada.

MEGAN REICHELT (Instructor) loves to fight. She is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors and has assisted such illustrious teachers as Casey Kaleba, Dale Girard, Gregg Lloyd, and Jon Rubin. She has performed numerous fights for a variety of events and plays with the Folger Theatre, The Welders, Flying V, Taffety Punk, and her beloved Rorschach Theatre, where she last appeared as Hunter in Neverwhere (2017). She is so thrilled to have found a career that allows her to tell a great story and make sure people feel safe and taken care of while looking like a badass.

* We have no confirmation that Casey and Megan are ninjas